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World’s largest swim lesson

Jordan Beck | Daily Press Northern Lights YMCA Swim Instructor Sherri Ide, right, helps Hunter Ryno as he learns the basics of swimming during the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson at the YMCA Thursday morning. Swimming lessons were held at hundreds of locations around the world Thursday as ...

Bikes OK on Ludington St. sidewalks

ESCANABA — The Escanaba City Council decided bicycles will be allowed on the sidewalks of Ludington Street — with some caveats — following a public hearing on the subject Thursday. While the city ordinance under discussion Thursday prohibited cycling on the sidewalk, Escanaba Public ...

Esky council hashes out minutes dispute

ESCANABA — The inclusion of a public statement made by Mayor Protem Ron Beauchamp at an Escanaba City Council meeting on May 17 in the city’s official minutes was settled Thursday and the statement was rebutted by another member of the council. When it came time to approve the contract ...

Escanaba apartment damaged in stove fire

ESCANABA — An Escanaba apartment suffered minor damage when a stove in the dwelling caught fire Thursday. At about 4:40 p.m., Escanaba Public Safety officers were called to 416 1st Ave. S, upper apartment, for a stove fire. When officers arrived, they found the apartment’s kitchen stove ...

Snyder adds Gogebic to disaster declaration

LANSING (AP) — A third county in the Upper Peninsula has been added to the state’s disaster declaration following severe flooding. Gov. Rick Snyder on Thursday included Gogebic County in the declaration. Houghton and Menominee counties initially were named in the declaration that makes ...

Copper Country residents tackle flood damage

STANTON TOWNSHIP — On Sunday, the water rushing past Shelby Peltier’s house on Coles Creek Road was nearly up to the top of her back deck. It left them with 8 feet of water in the basement, knocking out the refrigerator, freezer, hot-water heater and furnace, and damaging her husband’s ...

Bay gets boost from Hannahville

ESCANABA — The Hannahville Indian Community will contribute $4.8 million through November 2042 towards efforts to expand and renovate Bay College’s gymnasium facility and other areas of the Northern Lights YMCA building, where this facility is located. The Delta County Board of Trustees ...

Bay College approves budgets

ESCANABA — The Bay College Board of Trustees approved operating and capital budgets for Bay’s 2018-19 fiscal year during a special meeting held before its regular meeting Wednesday. “In this year’s budget, there wasn’t anything too crazy, which is nice for a change,” Assistant ...

Playground dedication

Jordan Beck | Daily Press Representatives of the Escanaba Kiwanis Club, the Ambassadors of Delta County, the City of Escanaba, and the Delta County Economic Development Alliance participate in a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new musical play area located next to Harbor Hideout in Ludington ...

How to help U.P. flood victims

HOUGHTON — As cleanup continues from Sunday’s flash flood, donations and volunteer efforts are underway. People seeking to volunteer or give assistance can call 211 or 906-233-6621. More people have volunteered than have requested assistance, Houghton County Administrator Eric Forsberg ...

DNR building gets artistic touch

ESCANABA — People driving on U.S. 2 and 41 from Gladstone to Escanaba will have a chance to see a new mural on the side of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Escanaba Customer Service Center. The mural is being created by professional mural artist James Finlan and area ...

County pays $1M to retirement system

ESCANABA — The Delta County Board of Commissioners voted to make a one-time $1 million payment to the Municipal Employees’ Retirement System (MERS) of Michigan during its regular meeting Tuesday. Before this vote was taken, the board heard an update on the state of pension funding in ...

30 to 60 year prison term for sexual assault

ESCANABA — A 19-year-old man who pleaded guilty to first-degree criminal sexual conduct involving a young girl in Escanaba was sentenced to up to 60 years in prison recently. Austin Lee Schalau, of Escanaba, was 17 at the time of his arrest on one count of first-degree criminal sexual ...

Houghton boy killed in Copper Country flooding

ASHLAND, Wis. (AP) — Authorities have attributed two deaths in Wisconsin and one in the Upper Peninsula to storms and flooding. A 12-year-old Houghton boy died Monday night of injuries suffered when flooding in the western Upper Peninsula on Sunday caused the basement of his home to ...

Child advocacy center work progressing

ESCANABA — Work on getting a new child advocacy center located behind the Delta County Service Center ready for its official opening is continuing, Program Director Wendy Bovard said. She provided an update during a public hearing for a USDA grant application for forensic interview equipment ...

Escanaba Kiwanis create new musical play area at Ludington Park

ESCANABA — A new handicap-accessible musical play area has been installed next to Harbor Hideout in Ludington Park. Volunteers with the Escanaba Kiwanis Club were at the park to install equipment for what is known as the Kiwanis Musical Playground Wednesday. The possibility of creating a ...

Esky board continues millage talk

ESCANABA — The Escanaba Area Schools Board of Education set the stage Monday for a series of voter decisions including who will be on the board after the November election — and for how long — and how voters would react to a sinking fund proposal being introduced for a second ...

Man arraigned for Lincoln Road crashes

ESCANABA — A man who went on a three-block rampage in a pickup on North Lincoln Road was arraigned in Delta County District Court Monday. Peter Stephen Walls, 28, of 513 K St., Chaney, Wash., was arrested by Escanaba Public Safety Saturday night after Escanaba Public Safety received ...

Gladstone board gets school finance update

GLADSTONE — Gladstone Superintendent Jay Kulbertis gave an update on the current status of school-related legislation in Michigan to the Gladstone Area Schools Board of Education Monday. Kulbertis said the State School Aid Act had been renewed by the House and Senate last week and it is ...

Michigan pledges $50M for Soo Locks upgrade

LANSING (AP) — Gov. Rick Snyder and top Michigan lawmakers are promising President Donald Trump the state will help pay to upgrade the Soo Locks if the federal government takes the lead. Snyder and Lt. Gov. Brian Calley told Trump in a letter released Monday that Michigan is committing $50 ...